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Meet St. Stephens’ Choral Scholars

Author: Mitchell Crawford

By now, you’ve no doubt seen – and most assuredly heard- St. Stephen’s four cholar scholars, whom all are music students at TCUThe cholar program is new, having just launched in the Fall. Already, however, the music program has been richly blessed by these talented individuals, and there is no question that they have been lovingly embraced and ministered to by our choir and congregation. I have asked them to tell me about themselves in order to help you get to know them better. 

Monica Saurez is our soprano choral scholar, and was born and raised nearby in North Richland Hills. She began singing at the age of  5  with her karaoke and hasn’t stopped since. She’s finishing her time at TCU in the Fall of 2017 with a bachelors degree in music education. She loves coffee, puppies, and anything purple!

Tomas Padron, our tenor choral scholar, is a freshman Vocal Music Education Major at TCU. He grew up in Miami, FL and moved to Dallas 5 years ago. Ever Since, he has been in love with choir, and sings not just with a number of TCU ensembles, but community groups as well. 

Mark Dingler, our bass, grew up in Arlington and began singing through the Kindermusic program as a 4 year old. In addition, he’s been playing piano for 10 years. As a freshman vocal music education major at TCU,  he sings in three of the university’s ensembles. Mark Collects Vinyl recorders, and enjoys listening to a wide range of music in his dorm room as he studies. 

Jessica Harper, who sings in the alto section, is the daughter of two South African parents who immigrated to New York and then to Texas in the late 1990’s. She fell in love with music at an early age and has since been singing in school, show choirs, Dallas youth choirs, and Texas all state choirs. She led a middle school small group in her home for 3 years., and has a fondness for fuzzy socks. 

I am so grateful to St. Stephen for undertaking the choral scholar initiative. This is a genuine mission of the congregation, one with very real benefits not just to us, but  these four exceptional young people as well. So, next time you see one of our choral scholars on a Sunday morning, stop and introduce yourself, and help us continue to welcome them them home.

 

Summer Worship Plans

Due to low summer attendance, SSPC is going down to one service a week for the duration of the summer. This change will start June 11, Trinity Sunday. The service will start at 10:00 am each Sunday. The format of the service will be the same as the 8:30 am service. ( No processions, and communion every sunday)

We will return to two services a week on August 20

Adult Sunday School will continue its’ “Briten Up Your Summer” program at 9:00 am, featuring speakers from Brite Divinity  School. Children’s Sunday School will take a summer break. Godly Play  will continue to be available for children during the sermon time in worship.

The choir also has the summer off starting the week after the 4th of July and resuming mid August.

Ash Wednesday

 

ASH WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2018                                                                                                                THREE SERVICES, ONE SUPPER

Ash Wednesday starts the season of lent, 46 days (including Sundays) before Easter it is a time of contemplation and reflection on the life of Jesus Christ and his ministry. During the worship services, in addition to communion, ashes are imposed upon participants, a sign of the cross, a sign that we are a part of Christ.

We offer three services for the congregation and the community. A special service design for children and families in the late afternoon.

5:15  service for children and families

                                                                                                                                                                           Here and see the story of the peaceable kingdom (Isaiah 11: 6-9) With puppets and other resources with Pastor Fritz, Beth Fults, and Mitchell Crawford

All Children will receive an animal mask and animal sack. Centers of experience: mask choosing, building block your peaceful kingdom; Drawing the peaceful people in your kingdom.

Saints Alive Excursion

Wylie, Texas
Thurs., Feb. 23
10 am – 4 pm
 
Roland Vogel and Beth Fultz are hoping to preserve the camaraderie of the Saints Alive group by offering a day’s excursion each month on the usual 4th Thursday of the month, until we are back into the Education Building. So on Thursday, February 23, 10 a.m., we are meeting in the church parking lot until we head to Wylie, Texas. Former member, Mindy Corder Manson (Cathy Corder’s sister) is City Manager. We’ll visit the new Town Hall, the quaint downtown area including Shoemaker and Hardt and eat locally. Should have a great time. RSVP to Beth or Roland.

The Youth of SSPC Thank You

The youth of St.Stephen thanks you for your
donations to Souper Bowl of Caring. We raised over $650 for Tarrant Area Food Bank  favoring
the Atlanta Falcons over the New England Patriots! What a surprise ending!

Calling Volunteers to Actions Odd Jobs Abound!

Are you a mover and a shaker? Can you lift boxes and need the exercise? Are you an organizer and a sorter? Do you like to ponder this book or that pile of papers? Then we need you. Why? We need to create space where previously we’ve never gone before. Dishes need washing in the Kitchen before it can be used again. Papers need shuffling, boxes need moving. Odd jobs abound.
 
Movers and Shakers, give Eduardo a communiqué: 817.909.1334
or ecalderon@ssr-inc.com.
 
Organizers and Sorters, dishwashers and odd jobs, give Beth Fultz a missive: 817.875.9704 or beth.fultz@ststephenpresbyterian.com.

Approved! Youth Mission Trip

Approved!
Youth Mission Trip to:
Central Presbyterian Church
St. Paul, Minnesota, July 22-30, 2017
 
Help with a VBS that is Refugee & homeless focused & spurring church back into VBS programming. Working on possible construction Projects.
 
Sneak peek Trip to Minnesota
Spring Break, March 13-16
Cost meals & Souvenirs
We’ll sleep in churches front & back
RSVP to Beth

Creating Solutions For Our Unusual Circumstances

 
Return of Sunday School Within the Walls
of the Sanctuary
 
     Help us think creatively, and join us as our classes gather in the Sanctuary building amid noise and movement, visual stimuli and music permeating our senses. We are no longer static, but alive with new solutions!
 
Temporary Configuration of Classes
 
Nursery — Temporary Nursery in
Bride’s Room (Women’s Outer Room)
Pre-K Class— Share Nursery Space
Godly Play— Back of Sanctuary Left
(Kindergarten & 1st grade)
Stepping Stones—Middle Basement Hall
(2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grades)
Youth Class—Archives Room
Trinity Adult Class—East Transept
Searchers Adult Class—Session Room

Organist Competition

 
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church is pleased to host the Fort Worth chapter-level competition of the American Guild of Organists Regional Competitions for Young Organists (RCYO). This event, held in odd-numbered years, showcases emerging young organ talent. Competitors that advance from the chapter-level competition will then move to the regional competition, and then to the national competition. Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.
 
The competition will be held in the sanctuary of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave, Fort Worth, TX at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2017. St. Stephen is home to a Dan Garland 4-manual, 77 rank pipe organ built in 1993. The competition is open to the public and free of charge. In addition to their own program selections, each competitor will play the Frank Ferko (b.1950) ‘Mass for Dedication’ (2004). Audience members will also play an important role in singing selected hymns that are part of the competition requirements.
 
 
Gregory Santa Croce
Program:
Bach: Prelude and fugue in C major, BWV 547
Vierne: Final from the Symphony no. 3 in f-sharp minor, Op. 28
 
 Gregory Santa Croce is an undergraduate student in jazz studies and organ performance at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studies with Dr. Jesse Eschbach and professors Pat Coil and Richard DeRosa. He is currently organist at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Denton. His recent awards include first prize in the 2016 William Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio, Texas and the 2016 University of North Texas College of Music Presser Scholarship. His piano playing and compositions are featured on several recordings by University of North Texas jazz ensembles.
 
 
 
Issac Foreman
Program:
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in a minor BWV 543
Widor:Allegro from Organ Symphony No.6, Op.42 No.2
 
  Organist and pianist, Isaac Foreman, began studies at age six in the TCU Music Preparatory, and performs frequently as soloist on piano and organ. Foreman serves as Organist at the First United Methodist Church in Hurst, Texas. Additionally, he attended the 2016 Cincinnati POE and has participated in organ master classes led by artists such as Christopher Young, Michael Unger, and Isabelle Demers. As a winner of the prestigious Nordan Music Scholarship, he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in piano and organ performance under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár and Dr. H. Joseph Butler.

The Prayer Following the Vandalism of the Church

On January 8th, we discovered that St. Stephen had been vandalized. Virtually all the windows of the Education building were broken out, much was destroyed or defaced, and the vandal or vandals had attempted to start three fires. The police and fire investigations forced us to cancel worship that morning, but at 4:00 pm that afternoon we held a service in the main sanctuary, that was attended by over 300 people, many of whom were members of other congregations expressing their support. This prayer, derived from Psalm 74, was said responsively in the service:

Prayer for Vandal Vigil

 

As the congregation prays, you will hear me say, “Hear our cries, O God!” Please respond, “Attend unto our prayers.”

 

Hear our cries, O God!

Attend unto our prayers.

 

O God, someone has destroyed everything in the sanctuary. They have roared within your holy place; they have set up their emblems there. Hear our cries O God.

Attend unto our prayers.

 

They set your sanctuary afire; they desecrated the dwelling place of your Holy Name. Hear our cries, O God!

Attend unto our prayers.

 

They set their emblems in our sanctuary; they said in their hearts, “We will utterly subdue them.”

Hear our cries, O God!

 

Attend unto our prayers.

 

But now, as we hear the word “Amen,” please respond, “How we thank you, Lord!”

 

But you, Lord, are our sovereign from of old, working salvation on all the earth. You divided the sea with your might: you made Chaos itself food for the beasts of the field. Amen.

 

How we thank you, Lord!

 

Yours is the day, yours also the night; you are Sovereign in the light and in the darkness, and always by our side. Amen!

 

How we thank you, Lord!

 

Though the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence, we know you always regard for your[e] covenant; you remember your promises forever. Amen.

 

How we thank you, Lord!

 

You do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals; you do not neglect the cries of the needy. Amen.

How we thank you, Lord!

 

You will remember your congregation in their time of need. Amen.

How we thank you Lord!

 

Our prayers go up to you, O Lord, not only for ourselves, but also for those in need throughout the world; any who are victims of such violations.

 

For those who perpetrated these acts, we pray that their hearts may be changed and for the course of justice.

 

And for ourselves, we pray that anger and fear do not dim Christ’s love in our hearts, or our courage to profess your grace and love for the sake of your Son’s dear name. Teach us how to balance justice and forgiveness.

 

Make this terrible deed a testimony to the redemptive grace we know in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Lord.

 

And now, as Jesus taught….